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Author Jennifer Fry Wears Many Hats

Posted on: December 13, 2012

Jennifer Fry wears many hats. This California lady balances writing, designing, teaching, being a wife, and owning pets.

Fry has apparently always been a storyteller. According to YA Stands, Fry’s first memory of being a writer came about is from grade two. Students had been asked to produce an illustrated storybook. While many of my classmates had no idea where to begin, Fry was busy trying to narrow my ideas down to just one. By the time sixth grade rolled around, Fry and her friends even formed a story club, where they would write and read their stories to each other. In high school, she made her first attempt at writing a novel. That’s when she learned the value of an outline. After writing about 25K words, she gave up because she had no idea of her novel’s direction.

The synopsis for Fry’s debut novel reads: “When fifteen-year-old actress Lucy Carter loses her older sister in a car accident, her mother shuts down and her father can’t hold the family together. Their only choice is to ship Lucy off to the Edmond School for Performing Arts. But boarding school is no cure for Lucy’s grief. With failing grades, wooden stage performances, and curfew violations, Lucy is threatened with expulsion.”

Why does Fry write realistic dark fiction? According to YA Stands,Fry didn’t fit into middle school, nor did she know to relate to her peers. Later, as an adult, Fry went through an emotional crisis where she lost belief in herself. This helped her realize that her “scars ran deep” and so she wanted to help teens find their way a little sooner than she had.”

For more information on Fry, read:

You can learn about more of the other hats Fry wears in my interview with her, which I’ll post on Friday. My review of her novel will appear on Saturday. Save the dates: December 14-15!

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